"I am involved as a team player and have a lot of fun seeing people smile and go on with their day knowing they have had a positive experience," says Constance Stepanek
who will share the health benefits of massage therapy at the Chicago Blues Festival
through the AMTA 2013 Massage Therapy Tour
Why did you decide to pursue a career in massage therapy?
I decided to pursue a career in massage therapy for many reasons. The biggest one was the stress levels I was seeing in the people around me and how that stress was affecting them. It was 1984 and a lot of great things were starting in massage in the Chicago area.
What is your current work environment like? What kind of clients do you work with?
My work environment is partially at a great spa and also in people’s homes. The different work atmospheres allow me to do my best with the people I am able to work with. I work with all types of people and ages.
What do you enjoy most about your current position? What are the challenges?
I enjoy seeing people feel better, always. One challenge is working within the time frame I'm given.
How has your involvement with AMTA impacted your career?
Working with AMTA has allowed me to grow every year and learn more about massage therapy and how it continues to impact people in many positive ways.
How did you get involved in the AMTA Massage Therapy Tour?
I am involved as a team player and have a lot of fun seeing people smile and go on with their day knowing they have had a positive experience because we were there and available to them. As a whole, it's always a benefit for me to see what massage does for the people we meet and help. I get the sense of feeling deeply satisfied that I did it. That's always good for my mental and emotional health. Keeping people happy and healthy is certainly a large part of doing massage as a volunteer or otherwise in my opinion. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this extraordinary time and to do what we do!